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Andale Bearings

Review

Pro Bono Promo: Primitive Presents Carlos Ribeiro

One of the original three riders (alongside Paul Rodriguez and Nick Tucker) revealed as part of Primitive Skateboarding’s inaugural team at the brand’s launch, Carlos “dudu” Ribeiro has been killin’ it for a while now. From his L-R-G intro part to mini parts for Independent as well as numerous Instagram snippets, the Brazilian powerhouse with the ridiculously good switch back 3s has been turning quite a few heads with his effortless switch game as well as bag of smooth tech and a reputation for making the hardest tricks look too easy.

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Carlos with a switch varial heel over a picnic table.

 

Primitive Skateboarding dropped this Carlos Ribeiro full part a little while ago, and we had been meaning to put this up for a minute but got a little caught up with work on our print Krak Mag (if you want to get the inside scoop on content, each KrakBox comes with a print Krak Mag!). But as they say, better late than never! So, just in case you missed this, you definitely want to watch Carlos’ five and a half minute Primitive part a couple times, just cause he’s got shit so dialed you’re gonna forget he’s actually regular. Perfect switch flips, and a switch heel backtail to regular at an iconic Philly ledge to stair drop that a certain East Coast tech powerhouse dropped a switch back tailed bigspin at (any guesses who we’re talking about and in what video? E-mail us the correct answer at box@skatekrak.com t0 win something cool!).

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Oh, yeah that really was a switch flip switch manny nollie flip out at Courthouse. Skating fast, with an effortless light-footed style (just peep that switch frontside 180 crooks revert on that curved ledge) and crazy pop, Carlos drops a seriously heavy part with one hell of an ender. -HK

Carlos rides for Primitive Skateboarding, Independent Trucks, L-R-G Clothing, Autobahn Wheels, Andale Bearings, and Nike SB.

Review

REVIEW: Andale Swiss Bearings

For each of our reviews we try to sift through the hype and give you our honest feedback on products before you shell out your hard earned cash on something you’ve never tried before. In this REVIEW, we look at Andale’s Swiss bearings which were tested over a 6 month period.

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Andale is Joey Brezinski and Paul Rodriguez’s foray into the skateboard bearings market with bearings offered in ABEC 5, ABEC 7 and Swiss versions. With a stacked team, a strong social media push and pretty eye catching branding, Andale has definitely created quite a buzz in the industry.

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Andale’s Swiss bearings come with a one-sided non-contact blue shield and semi-translucent plastic retainers (crowns). The bearings come pre-lubricated with a low viscosity oil and are pretty much good to go straight out of the box. The one-sided plastic shield is non-contact and installed on the side of the bearing where the balls sit in the crown. Note that the Swiss bearings do not come with bearing spacers, so you will have to purchase them separately. The bearings rolled true in the races when new and were pretty quiet when rolling.

Overall impressions

Having ridden these bearings for the past 6 months (with the shields on) for approximately 200+ hours, these bearings have been smooth, fast and required very little maintenance. They were skated in the streets as well as in smooth concrete plazas and bowls.

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Here’s how they rated (10 being the best, and 1 being the worst):

Speed: 9

Durability: 8

Ease of maintenance: 9 (how easy was it to clean the bearings)

While the bearings were definitely fast and modestly priced for a set of Swiss bearings (Andale Swiss retails for approximately $36-$40), 2 of the retainers did break during the testing period, which was a little surprising (granted that skateboard bearings typically undergo a fair amount of abuse from repeated ollies, impact with various obstacles and also drops of various heights) since spacers were used in every wheel and the largest drop attempted was landing off a 1.5 foot high ledge. There also wasn’t a systematic pattern to which bearing (or in which wheel) the retainers typically broke. The initial breakage in the retainers usually started with a hairline split accompanied by a slowdown in the bearing plus some tell-tale noisiness in the spin. While this wasn’t a deal breaker, this did mean that either the retainer or the bearing had to be replaced which would be a minor inconvenience if you were in the middle of a session.

For maintenance, the bearings were oiled with 1 drop of speed cream once every 3 months, and this definitely kept them rolling smoothly. The blue shields were also pretty snug in keeping dirt out of the bearings and certainly prolonged the life of the bearings. The bearings were also easy to clean and reassemble. Overall the bearings remained satisfactorily fast and smooth over the 6 month trial period.

Overall, Andale Swiss Bearings are a modestly priced, fast Swiss bearings that are also fairly durable. They are definitely worth trying and I like these bearings enough that they are staying on my go to board! Do you want to see some Andale bearings in a future KrakBox? Let us know what you think! -HK